Broken Bells, the collaborative duo of The Shins' James Mercer and one of the world's most sought after producers, Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton), are back at it again with a new single "It's That Talk Again."
This is the first new song we've heard from the duo's upcoming project, the follow-up to last year's After The Disco, which saw the two expert musicians really honing in their sound for what was one of the best albums of the year.
The four-minute song largely follows what we've come to expect from this band, ambient keys, danceable beats and catchy bass lines. Mercer's voice is once again on point for this driving pop song, hitting those high notes and setting the mood for the tune. The bass line is also exceptional on this track as it really drives the hook, much like former songs from Broken Bells including "The Remains of Rock & Roll," "Medicine" and "No Matter What You're Told."
After The Disco may have been where the band refined its sound, but Broken Bells' self titled debut was no slouch either. That pioneering electric rock sound has influenced plenty of bands coming onto the scene today because their memorable riffs and vocals are just too catchy to deny. If "It's That Talk Again" is any indication, it seems like the band is largely sticking to the formula that has gotten them this far, which is just fine by me and surely a number of other Broken Bells' fans.
Listen to the song below and check out the trippy single's artwork.